Physical Education

At St George’s Catholic School, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and develop both personally and collectively achieving their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles.

We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport. Our students are also encouraged to nurture personal skills such a resilience, tolerance, and teamwork through the vehicle of sport.

KS3: 1hr per week (Y7/8), 2hr per week (Y9)

Pupils’ understanding of various sports is built upon throughout the academic year. Baseline testing is completed in the first two lessons of PE in year 7 in order to set students on raw physical ability. There are two/three boy’s classes and two girls classes.

Students will be exposed to Physical Education vocabulary to give an understanding so they understand how and why their sporting actions take place. Key Stage 3 is a key phase in helping students to be able to perform sport to a high standard whilst also educating them on some of the key physiological components and ways to improve their own performance.

This understanding will become transferable to any further study that students wish to undertake as they move further on into GCSE Physical Education as we look to embed some of the key knowledge they will need to know. 

KS4: 2hrs per week – GCSE (1 hour theory, 1 hour practical), CORE PE (2 hours per week)

There is a selective GCSE pathways available to pupils at KS4; OCR GCSE Physical Education 9-1

In GCSE Physical Education students will learn five main areas for theory PE – Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Training, Socio-Cultural Influences, Sport Psychology and Health, Fitness and Well-Being. In these areas they are expected to understand the knowledge of each topic, discuss the impact to health, fitness and exercise and apply this information to sporting examples.

The ability to apply knowledge to sporting examples is held as high priority in classwork and homework exercises which ae usually based around exam questioning. In addition, students will be assessed in 3 sports where they excel with the primary focus being on how effective and successful their performance is in a competitive situation.

The final assessed area is a piece of work which draws on the student’s ability to apply their knowledge of their sport, physical components, knowledge of movement analysis and ability to suggest ways to improve in their sport.

Core PE will follow a similar model to KS3 Y9 PE where students are engaged in physical activity and challenged to build personal skills which can be applied to wider society such as; Teamwork, Leadership and Resilience.

KS5: 4hrs per week

In Unit 1, students explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. This is an externally assessed unit.

In Unit 2 students explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being. They will carry out an externally assessed supervised task, where they are given a case study one week before the exam and are allowed to bring in preparatory work with them.

In Unit 3, students explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Students will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities. This will assist students with wider knowledge of how to apply for jobs.

The optional unit we have chosen is Unit 6, Sports Psychology and this unit covers the psychological dimensions of sport, and introduces psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance. The evaluation of these psychological dimensions and application of psychological techniques is key in achieving a top grade.